Lorraine Kerslake

Lorraine Kerslake is Assistant Professor and holds a PhD in children’s literature and ecocriticism and teaches at Alicante University, Spain. She has worked as a translator of literary criticism, poetry and art and published widely on children’s literature and ecocriticism. Her current research areas of interest include children’s literature, the representation of animals and nature in literature and art and ecofeminism. 

She has been an active member of the Spanish research group on ecocriticism GIECO/ Grupo de Investigación en Ecocrítica (GIECO), since 2010 and is also a member of the Research Institute for Gender Studies at Alicante University. From 2016-2020 she was managing editor of the journal Ecozon@: Revista Europea deLiteratura, Cultura y el Medio Ambiente and is currently a member of the advisory board of  EASLCE: The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment. She is the leading researcher of the project “Angels of the ecosystem?” (GV/2020/029) and has participated in different research projects including “Stories for Change” and the research group of mythcriticism Aglaya. 

She is author of The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children (Routledge, 2018). Amongst her most recent publications are: “Of Mice, Rabbits and Other Companion Species in Beatrix Potter’s More than Human World” in Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. Slovic, Scott, Françoise Besson, Zélia Bora, and Marianne Marroum (eds). (Lexington Books, 2020); “Revisiting the Myth of Pan: From Neverland to Narnia” in Envisioning Change: Environmental Humanities. Rivero-Vadillo, Alejandro and Flys-Junquera, Carmen (eds). (Vernon Press, 2020); “Ted Hughes: The Importance of Fostering Creative Writing as Environmental Education”. Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly. Springer, Oct 2020; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-020-09427-4. 

PUBLICATIONS:

Monographs:

The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children (Routledge, 2018).
(https://www.routledge.com/The-Voice-of-Nature-in-Ted-Hughess-Writing-for-Children-Correcting-Cultures/Kerslake/p/book/9780203701454)

Book Chapters: 

“Imagination and Wonder in Beatrix Potter. En Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities.” Villanueva Romero, Diana, Lorraine Kerslake and Carmen Flys-Junquera (eds). (Brill. 2021).
https://brill.com/view/book/9789004501270/BP000013.xml

“Of Mice, Rabbits and Other Companion Species in Beatrix Potter’s More than Human World.” In Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. Slovic, Scott, Françoise Besson, Zélia Bora, y Marianne Marroum (eds). (Lexington Books, 2021).
(https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793611062/Reading-Cats-and-Dogs-Companion-Animals-in-World-Literature)

“Revisiting the Myth of Pan: From Neverland to Narnia.” In Envisioning Change: Environmental Humanities. Rivero-Vadillo, Alejandro y Flys-Junquera, Carmen (eds). (Vernon Press, 2020).
(https://vernonpress.com/book/1102)

“In the Beginning was Crow: Reinventing and Subverting the Creation Myth.” In Germanic Myths in the Audiovisual Culture. Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina (ed.). (Gunter Narr, 2020).
(https://www.narr.de/germanic-myths-in-the-audiovisual-culture-18300-1/)

“Rewriting our Roots: Ted Hughes’s Animal Fables.” In Cultural Representations of Other- than-Human Nature. Carretero, Margarita y José Marchena Domínguez (eds). (Universidad de Cádiz, 2019).
(https://publicaciones.uca.es/cultural-representations-of-other-than-human-nature/)

“Hughes’s Collaboration with Artists.” In Ted Hughes in Context. Gifford, Terry (ed.). (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
(https://www.cambridge.org/es/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-after-1945/ted-hughes-context?format=HB)

“Constructing and Deconstructing the Complexities of Orpheus in Ted Hughes’s Healing Quest.” In The Politics of Traumatic Literature: Narrating Human Psyche and Memory. Çakirtaş, Önder, Antolin C. Trinidad, Sahin Kiziltaş (eds). (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).
(https://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-politics-of-traumatic-literature)

“From Aesop to Arcadia: Raising Ecocritical Awareness through Talking Animals in Children’s Literature.” In Transatlantic Landscapes: Environmental Awareness, Literature and the Arts. José Manuel Marrero Henríquez (ed.). (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 2017).
(https://www.institutofranklin.net/product/transatlantic-landscapes/)

“Pensando como una montaña: un reencuentro con caperucita y el lobo.” In Realidad y Simbología de la Montaña. Juan Ignacio Oliva (ed.). (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 2012).
(https://www.institutofranklin.net/product/realidad-y-simbologia-de-la-montana/)

“Anthropomorphism Dressed and Undressed in Beatrix Potter’s Rhymes and Riddles.” In Poetry and Childhood. Morag Styles, Louise Joy, David Whitley (eds). (Trentham Books, 2010).
(https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/books/language-and-literacy/poetry-and-childhood/)

Articles: 

“Reading The Iron Woman in Times of Crisis as a Tale of Hope”. Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly. Springer, 16/07/2021 DOI 10.1007/s10583-021-09459-4
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10583-021-09459-4

“Ted Hughes: The Importance of Fostering Creative Writing as Environmental Education”. Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly. Springer, 18/09/2020. (ISSN 0045-6713). DOI 10.1007/s10583-020-09427-4

“Beyond Rachel Carson’s ‘Sense of Wonder’: Advocating Environmental Awareness in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children”, The Ted Hughes Society Journal, Vol V: I; pp. 65-73. 2016. (ISSN 2051-7270).

In 2013, she co-edited a special issue of the review Feminismo/s (CEM) on Ecofeminism: Women and Nature.
(http://rua.ua.es/dspace/handle/10045/39787)

Conferences

Symposium: «The creative universe of Agatha Christie, Sylvia Plath and Beatrix Potter», II International Conference Female Creations in Literary and Intercultural Education (II CICELI). Universidad de Valencia. 16-18 July 2020.

Conference: «When Humans Become Monsters: Representing the Non-human in Richard Adam’s The Plague Dogs». VI International Conference on Myth Criticism «Myth and Science Fiction» Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 27-30 October 2020.

Invited Conference: “The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Reading Nature in Beatrix Potter”. Universidad de Murcia. 17 November 2020.

Conference: “From Gene Stratton Porter to Rachel Carson: Eco-angels of the Anthropocene?” (24 March 2021) 15th International SAAS Conference. Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao 24-26 March 2021.

Recent Publications:

“Imagination and Wonder in Beatrix Potter.” In Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities. Villanueva Romero, Diana, Lorraine Kerslake and Carmen Flys-Junquera (eds).  (Brill, Forthcoming, 2021).

“Revisiting the Myth of Pan: From Neverland to Narnia” in Envisioning Change: Environmental Humanities. Rivero-Vadillo, Alejandro and Flys-Junquera, Carmen (eds) Vernon Press, 2020. (pp. 151 -162) ISBN 978-1-64889-037-6
https://vernonpress.com/book/1102

“Of Mice, Rabbits and Other Companion Species in Beatrix Potter’s More than Human World” in Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. Slovic, Scott, Françoise Besson, Zélia Bora, and Marianne Marroum (eds) Rowman & Littlefield. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021. (pp. 79-93) ISBN 978-1-7936-1106-2
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793611079/Reading-Cats-and-Dogs-Companion-Animals-in-World-Literature